A blood clot is an important process that happens when a blood vessel is injured to prevent excessive bleeding. Clotting is normal for our blood because it is a natural part of the healing process. Unfortunately, when a blood clot happens inside your body, it can be dangerous. A leg blood clot always forms due to lengthy periods of travel when you don’t have a chance to stretch your legs. Let’s look at 6 signs that you may have a blood clot in your leg.
1. Swelling: A painful swelling from blood clots occurs most often in the leg, ankle, or calf area. A blood clot puts pressure on the vein behind the clot and this pressure can build and push outward causing the surrounding tissues to stretch. If this swelling doesn’t get better by the usual treatments, this may be a significant sign that it is related to clot.
2. Pale or Discolored Skin: A blood clot disrupts normal blood flow which leads to lack of blood supply. The lack of blood supply makes your skin turn pale, then blue as the oxygen leaves the blood.
3. Warm Skin: A common symptom of a blood clot is increasing in temperature where the clot is suspected. In leg clots, the skin near the area may increase in temperature and become warm to the touch. This may be accompanied by itchiness, throbbing, and sweating in the affected areas.
4. Tingling: Tingling or numbness in only one limb is a common sign of a blood clot. Because the clot prevents the blood from reaching the affected area, the blood becomes unable to circulate the area. When you have increased risk factors such as high blood pressure, pay attention to any tingling.
5. Fainting: Fainting and dizzy spells may occur if the body is unable to dissolve the blood clot naturally, on its own or if it detaches and travels towards the lungs. In this case, breathing may become labored. Dizziness may be most noticeable if you stand up suddenly after sitting or laying down.
6. Distended Veins: In some cases, a stubborn blood clot will show itself via distention or in surface veins in or around the area of the leg where it’s developing. In most cases, distended veins will not result in complications or problems in and of themselves. However, in cases where a blood clot is putting significant pressure on surrounding blood vessels, internal ruptures may occur and intensified redness or bruising may result.